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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: February 1, 2015

Gettin' "Loud" at the top.

“Loud” and proud at #1.

DEBUTS
38. Saint Motel – My Type
37. Life Of Dillon – Overload | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
32. Years & Years – King (39)
21. Kelly Clarkson – Heartbeat Song (27)
17. Maroon 5 – Sugar (22)
15. Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do (25) | BIGGEST MOVER — three weeks
09. Taylor Swift – Style (16)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance (07) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
09. Taylor Swift – Style (16) | PEAK: #09
08. Hoodie Allen featuring Ed Sheeran – All About It (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Martin Luke Brown – Nostalgia (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Taylor Swift – Blank Space (04) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
05. One Direction – Night Changes (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Mat Kearney – Heartbeat (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk (03) | PEAK: #03
02. The Script – No Good In Goodbye (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Gorgon City featuring Jennifer Hudson – Go All Night (2)
2. Charli XCX – Doing It (4)
3. Take That – Get Ready For It (1)
4. Fancy Reagan – Knock Me Out (10)
5. Brandi Carlile – Wherever Is Your Heart (5)
6. Madonna – Living For Love (3)
7. Kid Rock – First Kiss (8)
8. Lifehouse – Hurricane (-)
9. Melanie Martinez – Dollhouse (9)
10. Fancy – Goodbye (-)

In The Mix:
Bea Miller – Fire N Gold
BØRNS – Electric Love
Coin – Run (new)
Daniel Johns – Aerial Love (new)
Death Cab For Cutie – Black Sun (new)
Dreamers – Wolves
Echosmith – Bright
Greg Holden – Hold On Tight
Hudson Taylor – World Without You (new)
Jess Glynne – Hold My Hand
Kim Churchill – Backwards Head
MAGIC! – No Way No (new)
Mark Ronson featuring Kevin Parker – Daffodils
Matt Woods – In The Dark (new)
Neon Dreams – Love Experts
North Of Nine – Can It Be You? (new)
Oh Hellos – Hello My Old Heart
Ruen Brothers – Summer Sun
Scars On 45 – Take You Home
Scars On 45 – Tasted Every Tear (new)
Take That – Let In The Sun
The Arkells – Leather Jacket
The Mowgli’s – I’m Good
The Script – Man On A Wire (new)
Tori Kelly – Nobody Love (new)
Waters – I Feel Everything
Young Summer – Severing Ties
Zara Larsson – Uncover

Chart Notes:

  • Plenty of big movers on the survey this week with three songs moving up at least seven notches, but the one that takes the title of Biggest Mover is “Love Me Like You Do” by singer Ellie Goulding. Her soundtrack release from the Fifty Shades Of Grey film has either held or tied for the honor for three weeks in a row, this week on its own as it leaps from 25-15. Could it reach the top ten next week? Stay tuned.
  • The week’s Highest Debut comes from a new English trio called Life Of Dillon, consisting of members David Keiffer, Joe Griffith and Robert Griffith. The three debut at #37 with “Overload”, which was recently serviced to U.S. radio. It also marks the first song to hit for Disruptor Records, led by manager Adam Alpert, in conjunction with Epic Records.
  • Just below them is another new group to make my top 40, the California quartet Saint Motel. They enter at #38 with “My Type”, which just dented the top 40 in the U.K. for one week last summer. This time around, they’re approaching the top 40 on the Alternative chart with some strong support behind it.
  • Next week should see two to three new songs on the chart, with pop star Charli XCX and newcomers Fancy Reagan  in the lead to debut. Come back next Sunday to see what happens.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: January 30, 2011

The "Sweet" side of pop.

The “Sweet” side of pop.

It is time for yet another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I’ll be featuring a past countdown straight from chart files of Adam’s Top 40. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on. Alright, let’s get a move on back to the last weekend of January during my Junior year of college and revisit the top songs from this week in 2011…

Debuts:
40. BIG TIME RUSH, “Boyfriend”
39. MARTIN SOLVEIG featuring DRAGONETTE, “Hello”

Biggest Mover(s):
AVRIL LAVIGNE, “What The Hell” (28-17, eleven spots)

10. JAMES BLUNT, “Stay The Night” (down 3)
Album: Some Kind Of Trouble (2011, Custard/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

09. TAKE THAT, “The Flood” (down 1)
Album: Progress (2010, Polydor Records)
Peak: #8 for two weeks

08. BRUNO MARS, “Grenade” (up 2)
Album: Doo-Wops & Hooligans (2010, Atlantic/Elektra Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

07. ANDY GRAMMER, “Keep Your Head Up” (up 2)
Album: Andy Grammer (2011, S-Curve Records)
Peak: #2 for eight weeks

06. LEE DEWYZE, “Sweet Serendipity” (down 1)
Album: Live It Up (2010, RCA Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

05. TRAIN, “Marry Me” (up 1)
Album: Save Me, San Francisco (2009, Columbia Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

04. PINK, “Raise Your Glass” (down 2)
Album: Greatest Hits… So Far!!! (2010, LaFace/Jive Records)
Peak: #2 for seven weeks

03. LADY ANTEBELLUM, “Hello World” (steady, third week)
Album: Need You Now (2010, Capitol Nashville Records)
Peak: #3 for four weeks

02. ADELE, “Rolling In The Deep” (up 2)
Album: 21 (2011, XL/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

01. KATY PERRY, “Firework” (steady, fifth week)
Album: Teenage Dream (2010, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

Check back next Saturday for another Adam’s Top 40 Flashback countdown and don’t forget to follow the blog by using the tab below or find PGTC on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab at the top of the page.

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ON THE RISE: Cool Tunes, Hot New Acts (January 2015)

The PGTC SoundCloud page is still going strong with updated songs from some great talents, both in the U.S. and abroad. I wanted to recap some of those discoveries, being that it’s the end of the month, so here’s a sample of some of the cool tunes and hot new acts that came onto or re-emerged on my radar during the month:

Day WaveDAY WAVE – “Nothing At All” and “Total Zombie”
Location: Oakland, California

If you’re a fan of the duo Carousel, then you know Jackson Phillips and his solo venture, which is buzzing all over the blogs just as quickly. With two tracks over 100,000 plays on SoundCloud, Phillips’s indie rock vibe is proving to be more chilled out than the weather. “Zombie” was the one that got me hooked as I am known to be one in the mornings, but it’s more than just a title of course. Calm and inviting, it’s a surprise that neither project has gone national yet. That could change in 2015.

John SteenJOHN STEEN – “Yes I Know”
Location: Dallas, Texas

We’ve had some great acts from Texas outside of the Country circuit in the last few years and Steen’s intelligent pop tracks have flown under the radar for several years now. “Know” is one of them, a piano-driven single with a standout chorus and solid background harmonies. Steen knows his way around a melody (prior cut “Why?” shows that off especially well) and it seems that things will be getting even busier for the singer/songwriter as he tries to put out an album. I’m waiting for more.

Matt WoodsMATT WOODS – “In The Dark”
Location: London, England

Working with one of my favorite producers and writers, Jake Gosling, and his Sticky Studios, the performer from Cornwall and now based in London has recorded two solid EPs for the group over the past two years. However, this song looks like it will be his breakout release, a hauntingly beautiful yet fragile piece of pop that is drenched in a soul-stirring and tormented vocal, one that only a handful of people can pull off. It’s so genuinely gorgeous and lovely that the repeat button is a given.

New MotionNEW MOTION – “Anyway” and “She Said” (iTunes)
Location: Hitchin, England

New to the scene is this quartet out of London consisting of Harvey Downes, Jack Cox, John Heatley and Josh Clarke. Last fall, the group changed from Front Row to their current name and the results have given them a few new fans, including the person writing this post. Mixing the hot sound of glossy 80’s indie rock with a bright, youthful image in those clean-cut city polaroids, the four guys are certainly destined for more as they look to neatly fill the void between boyband and blog band.

The ScoreTHE SCORE – “Oh My Love” (iTunes)
Location: Los Angeles, California

First mentioned on my blog back in May when the duo was entered in an iHeartRadio sponsored contest, former New York musicians Edan Dover and Eddie Anthony headed out to the West Coast where they’ve been in the studio crafting music. It marks a shift in their career, from a safer soft rock sound to an energetic and vibrant pop melody that shakes things up, yet stays true to their core tastes. It’s a great rebranding, both sonically and socially, and should help the guys continue nicely.

For more great music (at least I’d like to think so) and/or to get in touch, you can find the appropriate link above or click the “About Us” section to email your act in. Until next time, keep making those tunes.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (January 27)

"Knows" a bit about topping the charts.

“Knows” a bit about topping the charts.

Are you riding out the Blizzard of 2015 at home like millions of others in the U.S.? Need some new sounds while you shovel like never before? Chill out, man. Here are the albums and singles that are new in stores for the week of January 27:

  • This week marks the return of R&B singer Ne-Yo and his new album Non-Fiction. It’s his first album in just over two years and features the hits “She Knows” (featuring Juicy J) and “Time Of Our Lives” (with Pitbull.) With airplay up at multiple formats, including CHR, Rhythmic and Urban radio, this should be the highest entry on the Billboard 200 next week. (iTunes)
  • You know his international hit “Budapest”, currently #1 on AAA radio in the States, and now George Ezra‘s Wanted On Voyage is finally out here after an international release last year. Look for the song to slowly crossover this spring and summer. As for the album, a top 20 debut should be in order, if not higher. (iTunes)
  • Currently approaching the Urban AC top ten with “Goodnight Kisses”, Charlie Wilson is spreading the love around on Forever Charlie as he looks to try and crack the top ten for the fourth time as a solo act. Will the upper demo come out for it? We’ll see. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Derek Minor‘s Empire (iTunes), Jamie Cullum‘s Interlude (iTunes), Kenny G‘s Brazilian Nights (iTunes), Milo Greene‘s Control (iTunes), Papa Roach‘s F.E.A.R. (iTunes), Prelow‘s Why Does Everything Happen So Much (EP) (iTunes), Punch Brothers‘s The Phosphorescent Blues (iTunes), Ricky Dillon‘s RPD (EP) (iTunes), The Lone Bellow‘s Then Came The Morning (iTunes) and Tony Lucca‘s Tony Lucca (iTunes).

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:

  • “Black Sun”, a new single from Death Cab For Cutie. (iTunes)
  • “Hurricane”, the new single from the band Lifehouse. (iTunes)
  • “Shots”, new from Imagine Dragons. (iTunes)

Next week, Bob DylanFifth Harmony and the latest in the NOW That’s What I Call Music! series will be competing for top five debuts. Who takes the top spot? A full preview is coming in seven days!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: January 25, 2015

Gettin' "Loud" at the top.

“Thinking” about a second week at #1.

DEBUTS
40. Train – Bulletproof Picasso
39. Years & Years – King | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
27. Kelly Clarkson – Heartbeat Song (32)
25. Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do (31) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie) — two weeks
22. Maroon 5 – Sugar (28) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
16. Taylor Swift – Style (22) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Hoodie Allen featuring Ed Sheeran – All About It (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Take That – These Days (08) | PEAK: #01 for one week
08. Martin Luke Brown – Nostalgia (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance (05) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
06. One Direction – Night Changes (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Mat Kearney – Heartbeat (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Taylor Swift – Blank Space (03) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
03. Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk (04) | PEAK: #03
02. The Script – No Good In Goodbye (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Take That – Get Ready For It (1)
2. Gorgon City featuring Jennifer Hudson – Go All Night (4)
3. Madonna – Living For Love (3)
4. Charli XCX – Doing It (6)
5. Brandi Carlile – Wherever Is Your Heart (5)
6. Life Of Dillon – Overload (-)
7. Saint Motel – My Type (-)
8. Kid Rock – First Kiss (10)
9. Melanie Martinez – Dollhouse (-)
10. Fancy Reagan – Knock Me Out (-)

In The Mix:
Bea Miller – Fire N Gold
BØRNS – Electric Love (new)
Dreamers – Wolves
Echosmith – Bright
Fancy – Goodbye (new)
Greg Holden – Hold On Tight
Jess Glynne – Hold My Hand (new)
Kim Churchill – Backwards Head
Lifehouse – Hurricane (new)
Mark Ronson featuring Kevin Parker – Daffodils
Matt McAndrew – Wasted Love
Mikey Wax – Only One
Neon Dreams – Love Experts
Oh Hellos – Hello My Old Heart
Ruen Brothers – Summer Sun (new)
Scars On 45 – Take You Home
Take That – Let In The Sun (new)
The Arkells – Leather Jacket
The Mowgli’s – I’m Good (new)
Waters – I Feel Everything
Young Summer – Severing Ties
Zara Larsson – Uncover

Chart Notes:

  • Singles by Taylor Swift (“Style”, 22-16), Maroon 5 (“Sugar”, 28-22) and Ellie Goulding (“Love Me Like You Do”, 31-25) all tie for the Biggest Mover on the countdown. For Goulding, it’s her second week taking the title after moving up nine notches last week. Look for even more action on the top 40 beginning in February, especially with the number of entries being added below my chart in the last few weeks.
  • This week’s Highest Debut is from the English trio Years & Years, led by 24-year-old actor/singer Olly Alexander of Yorkshire. It’s titled “King” and enters at #39. The recent BBC Sound of 2015 winners have been on two top 40 hits so far in their native U.K. and it looks like this will be their third (and probably biggest) once it’s released in early March.
  • One notch below them is the third single from Train‘s latest album, the title track from Bulletproof Picasso. The song goes to Hot AC radio this week and should enter the survey quickly, but “Picasso” is also coming off the group’s lowest charting single at the format since 2006. We’ll see if they rev up retail sales (and radio) soon.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: January 22, 2012

"Fire" up the flashback.

“Fire” up the flashback.

It is time for yet another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I’ll be featuring a past countdown straight from chart files of Adam’s Top 40. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on. Alright, let’s get a move on back to the end of January during my last year of college and revisit the top songs from this week in 2012…

Debuts:
39. MATT NATHANSON featuring SUGARLAND, “Run”
37. LADY ANTEBELLUM, “Dancin’ Away With My Heart”
34. THE SCRIPT, “If You Ever Come Back”

Biggest Mover(s):
TRAIN, “Drive By” (29-17, twelve spots)

10. DAUGHTRY, “Crawling Back To You” (down 2)
Album: Break The Spell (2011, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

09. CHRISTINA PERRI, “A Thousand Years” (steady, second week)
Album: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2011, Chop Shop/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #9 for three weeks

08. THE FRAY, “Heartbeat” (down 2)
Album: Scars & Stories (2012, Epic Records)
Peak: #5 for five weeks

07. KELLY CLARKSON, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” (up 3)
Album: Stronger (2011, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

06. KATY PERRY, “The One That Got Away” (down 2)
Album: Teenage Dream (2010, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

05. COLDPLAY, “Paradise” (down 2)
Album: Mylo Xyloto (2011, Parlophone/Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

04. ANDY GRAMMER, “Fine By Me” (up 3)
Album: Andy Grammer (2011, S-Curve Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

03. OLLY MURS, “Dance With Me Tonight” (up 2)
Album: In Case You Didn’t Know (2011, Syco/Epic Records – U.K.)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

02. ADELE, “Set Fire To The Rain” (steady, second week)
Album: 21 (2011, XL/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

01. GRAFFITI6, “Free” (steady, fourth week)
Album: Colours (2012, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

Check back next Saturday for another Adam’s Top 40 Flashback countdown and don’t forget to follow the blog by using the tab below or find PGTC on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab at the top of the page.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (January 20)

A Beauty of an opening week.

A Beauty of an opening week.

This ain’t a scene, but it is a race to get to the top of the Billboard 200, as a male group goes up against two fierce females in a January sales battle. Here are the albums and singles that are new in stores for the week of January 20:

  • It won’t be #1 for “Centuries”, but hey, a week will do just as well. Rockers Fall Out Boy start the year out on a good note with American Beauty/American Psycho, expected to be next week’s top seller after strong pre-order data. The album would be the band’s third studio album to reach #1 and their first since 2013’s Save Rock And Roll. We will see if it opens any stronger than that last effort. (iTunes)
  • The latest from The Decemberists makes its debut on shelves and may just have the best title of the week: What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World. It features the single “Make You Better”, which stays put in the #3 position at AAA radio. Four years ago, the January release of The King Is Dead gave them a #1 debut, but they’ll have to settle for the top five this time. (iTunes)
  • As always during this time of year, a compilation of some of the 2015 GRAMMY Nominees is out today as the big day approaches on February 8. Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Miley Cyrus and Sia are among the set’s choices from the Big Four and Pop categories. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Belle And Sebastian‘s Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance (iTunes), Enter Shikari‘s The Mindsweep (iTunes), Jamie Scott‘s My Hurricane (iTunes), Joey Bada$$‘s B4.DA.$$ (iTunes), Lupe Fiasco‘s Tetsuo & Youth (iTunes), Marilyn Manson‘s The Pale Emperor (iTunes), Mikky Ekko‘s Time (iTunes), Ryan Bingham‘s Fear And Saturday Night (iTunes) and Sleater-Kinney‘s No Cities To Love (iTunes).

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:

  • “Last Damn Night”, a pre-release single from Elle King. (iTunes)
  • “Los Angeles”, the latest pre-release album track from Mat Kearney. (iTunes)
  • “Number One”, new from the duo Tuxedo. (iTunes)
  • “One More”, a new track from Ne-Yo and T.I. as a featured artist. (iTunes)
  • “Stay With Me”, an album cut from Bob Dylan. (iTunes)
  • “Wait For Me”, a collaboration from Emile Haynie and Lana Del Rey. (iTunes)
  • “Worth It”, new from girl group Fifth Harmony. (iTunes)

Next week, it’ll be George Ezra‘s U.S. edition of Wanted On Voyage vs. Ne-Yo‘s Non-Fiction for the top new entry of the week. Will either one grab a seat at the summit? A full preview is coming in seven days!

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